Friday, March 25, 2011


Fools to announce 16th season

Company of Fools will hold a free party at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey to announce its 16th season of programming on Friday, April 1, from 6-7:30 p.m. The event will feature a proclamation from the city of Hailey, prizes and desserts.

For details, call 788-6520.

Idaho publishes radiation data online

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality began Tuesday to publish radiation data online from the Environmental Protection Agency's RadNet system of radiation detectors. Though no harmful levels of radiation are expected to reach the United States from the damaged Japanese nuclear reactors, the DEQ stated that it is reviewing radiation levels on a daily basis.

The RadNet system has monitors in all the Western states, including units in Spokane, Wash., and Idaho Falls. Over the past few days, the EPA also installed a portable monitor in Meridian to collect information from southwest Idaho. The DEQ said it plans to publish data from the Meridian monitor when it becomes available over the next few days.

The DEQ also has independent state monitors at the Idaho National Laboratory near Arco that provide more specific information than the EPA RadNet system. The DEQ reported that during the past week, it had detected miniscule levels of radioactive gasses. It stated that the detected levels pose no public health risk.

Information on Idaho's monitoring efforts is available at:

Idaho's personal income growth slips

Growth in wages and business profits in Idaho slowed during the final three months of 2010. Still, total personal income for the year hit a record $50.6 billion, according to estimates released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Business profits during the fourth quarter rose $37 million to $5.5 billion on an annualized basis, compared to growth of $249 million in the third quarter. Wages were up $179 million, to $23.4 billion, on an annualized basis, but that was 27 percent short of the third-quarter growth.

Though October-December growth was only 0.8 percent, down from 1.2 percent in the third quarter, it was the sixth straight quarter of increasing personal income.

The third-quarter growth rate was the fifth highest in the nation while the rate for the final three months of the year ranked only 34th. Nationally, personal income rose 0.9 percent in the fourth quarter.

Despite the weaker performance at the end of 2010, business profits were up nearly 8 percent from 2009, but wages rose just 1 percent.

Construction declined for the third straight year, falling another 3 percent in 2010. Real estate fell for the fourth straight year, losing another 7 percent to bring the loss from its 2006 peak to more than 30 percent.

Volunteers needed at St. Luke's shop

The St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center gift shop is in need of volunteers to work between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"Profits from the shop benefit the hospital, so it is important we have enough volunteers to maintain customer satisfaction and continuously increase the funds we raise," Volunteer Core President Margie Hill stated in a news release.

Most volunteers work in four-hour shifts. A general orientation and on-the-job training is provided for each volunteer. Volunteer benefits include discounts in the gift shop and café, free flu shots and more. Contact Deb Hobart at 727-8406 for more information.

Students going to business conference

Four Wood River High School students will attend the Business Professionals of America 2011 National Leadership Conference from May 3-8 in Washington, D.C.

A press release from the Blaine County School District identified the students as James Petzke, Taylor Bates, Sean Sutton and Josh Crotty.

Business Professionals of America is a national organization for high school, college and middle school students preparing for careers in business and information technology. The national conference will feature business skills competition, workshops and general sessions.

According to the press release, Petzke, Bates and Sutton qualified for national competition as a Web application team, while Crotty qualified in PC servicing and troubleshooting.

Petzke also qualified in fundamentals of Web design. He was also recently elected Business Professionals of America's historian/parliamentarian for Idaho.

New CEO at St. Luke's Magic Valley

Jim Angle has begun his job as new chief executive officer of St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls. Angle joins St. Luke's from the Memorial Hospital of Salem County in Salem, N.J., where he was CEO since 2006.

A search committee comprised of board members, physicians and hospital leadership chose Angle from more than 200 applicants.

Mike Reno, interim hospital CEO, intends to remain in Twin Falls to support Angle as he assumes the hospital's leadership role and to prepare for the move to the newly built hospital, scheduled to open May 21.

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